HC Deb 01 April 1969 vol 781 cc77-8W
62. Mr. Stodart

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by how much the consumption of Scotch whisky purchased tax-free by foreign embassies and Commonwealth High Commissions exceeded the reasonable quantities allowed for official entertainment; what the consumption figures were; and what were the equivalent figures of other spirits.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

The quantity of United Kingdom manufactured spirits on which duty was refunded to Heads of diplomatic Missions in the twelve months ended 30th of September, 1968, was 8,744 cases.

To provide a breakdown of this figure into its components (whisky, gin and other spirits) would involve a disproportionate expenditure of time and money.

The formula used by the authorities for the calculation of "reasonable quantities" is applicable to individual diplomatic Missions—not to the Diplomatic Corps as a whole.